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AbstractAn increasing number of students are choosing to follow a bachelor or master program at a foreign university. As the transparency in higher education is still limited, a student might make an inefficient decision when selecting a program. Several studies have found that lack of knowledge, skills, or academic integration lead to higher drop-out rates. Although remedial programs might mitigate these problems, the rates of long-term success of online remedial programs in terms of knowledge retention are unclear. In this contribution, we compared the short- and long-term effects of two online remedial courses, each with a distinctly different educational philosophy (problem-based learning vs. cognitive learning theory). The success of these courses was measured in a longitudinal study of the 850 participants in a first-year international business bachelor program. We found some empirical support that both courses improved study performance as well as study success.
Rienties, Bart <http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/bcr58.html>; Tempelaar, Dirk; Dijkstra, Joost; Rehm, Martin and Gijselaers, Wim (2008). Longitudinal study of online remedial education effects. In: Barsky, Noah P.; Clements, Mike; Ravn, Jakob and Smith, Kelly eds. The Power of Technology for Learning. Advances in Business Education and Training, 1 (1). Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 43–59.